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Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.6 JTDM-2 120 Tecnica 5dr TCT

Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA 1.6 JTDM-2 120 Tecnica 5dr TCT
Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA 1.6 JTDM-2 120 Tecnica 5dr TCT
Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA 1.6 JTDM-2 120 Tecnica 5dr TCT
Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA 1.6 JTDM-2 120 Tecnica 5dr TCT
Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA 1.6 JTDM-2 120 Tecnica 5dr TCT
Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA 1.6 JTDM-2 120 Tecnica 5dr TCT
Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA 1.6 JTDM-2 120 Tecnica 5dr TCT
Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA 1.6 JTDM-2 120 Tecnica 5dr TCT
Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA 1.6 JTDM-2 120 Tecnica 5dr TCT
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Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA 1.6 JTDM-2 120 Tecnica 5dr TCT
Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA 1.6 JTDM-2 120 Tecnica 5dr TCT
Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA 1.6 JTDM-2 120 Tecnica 5dr TCT
Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA 1.6 JTDM-2 120 Tecnica 5dr TCT
Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA 1.6 JTDM-2 120 Tecnica 5dr TCT
Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA 1.6 JTDM-2 120 Tecnica 5dr TCT
Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA 1.6 JTDM-2 120 Tecnica 5dr TCT
Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA 1.6 JTDM-2 120 Tecnica 5dr TCT
Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA 1.6 JTDM-2 120 Tecnica 5dr TCT

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG74.30
  • 0-62mph10.2 secs
  • Top Speed121 mph
  • C0299 g/km
  • BHP120
  • Torque236 lbs/f
  • P11D23%

Review

Alfa Romeo's Giulietta premium compact hatch has been consistently improved over its lifetime. Now it gets Euro 6D-compliant engines, a new trim structure and some extra options. Time, perhaps, to give this car another look.

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Slowly but surely, Alfa Romeo is knocking its Giulietta into pretty good shape. Jonathan Crouch looks at the latest improved Euro 6D-compliant version.

Background

The romance of the Alfa Romeo brand is well documented but it's a passion that seems to have cooled with global buyers over recent years. The reasons are many: the excellence of the German competition, the slow turnover of models and an over-dependence on hardwear borrowed from parent company Fiat. If this Milanese brand is to survive, things must change, with more competitive, freshly designed products and cutting edge technology. All created without losing the spark that makes an Alfa what it is. Suggestions that all this was possible arrived with the arrival of the Focus-sized Giulietta in 2010. Proof positive though, the Italians tell us, is delivered by this much improved version. There's been a concerted effort to improve this model bit by bit, to make it better value, to more clearly focus what the car is and what it's competing against in the minds of customers and to just make it more of an Alfa. It might be a late bloomer but the current Alfa Giulietta has matured into a very likeable thing.

Driving Experience

Alfa has simplified this Giulietta's engine range. Things kick off with a 120hp version of the brand's 1.4-litre turbo petrol unit. Most buyers though, choose the volume 120bhp 1.6-litre JTDM-2 diesel variant, offered either in manual or TCT dual clutch auto transmission form. You have to have the TCT 'box with the top 190hp 2.0-litre diesel Veloce variant. All models still get the neat 'D.N.A' set-up we first saw on the MiTo, a system that via the 'Dynamic', 'Normal' and 'All-weather' settings accessible via this rocker switch near the gearlever, offers the driver pre-set modes to vary control of engine, gearbox, steering and VDC stability control system, so optimising the car's behaviour to either the conditions or the driver's preference. It tweaks the standard Q2 electronic differential too, this one of those systems that works through the turns to counter both understeer and wheelspin by lightly micro-braking whichever front wheel is threatening to lose grip.

Design and Build

Even now, we can't quite decide whether the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is a good-looking car or not. It's extremely colour and trim sensitive. Have a little play on Alfa's online configurator and just by making some small changes to wheels and paint finishes, you can rapidly turn a stunner into something rather less attractive. This current model gets sleeker front-end styling that includes a striking honeycomb grille, piano black bumper inserts with red highlights on sporty models and revised headlamp and fog lamp surrounds. The idea is to emphasise the Giulietta's close genetic links with Alfa Romeo's premium segment Giulia sports saloon: hence the smarter badging, classier alloy wheels, revised tail pipes and fresh new colours. Inside, there are premium seat upholsteries, dashboard and door panel finishes. Plus a Uconnect infotainment system with smartphone-enabled LIVE services. These include music streaming with access to the Deezer and TuneIn set-ups, news with Reuters, Facebook Check-In and Twitter. Plus Alfa's useful 'eco:Drive' and 'my:Car' services, along with traffic updates for navigation-equipped models. Otherwise, it's pretty much as you were. Those sleek lines don't impinge on practicality too much, although there's not as much space in the rear as the exterior dimensions might suggest. The 350-litre boot is competitive and Alfa has built a range of storage options into the cabin. The controls are arranged in tiers on the sweeping dash and there's a suitably traditional set of cowled instruments.

Market and Model

Prices range in the £20,000 to £26000 bracket and in the mainstream range, there's a choice of standard, 'Super', 'Speciale' and 'Veloce' trim levels. Even base 'Super'-spec gives you 17-inch Turbine alloy wheels, cruise control, dual zone air conditioning, front fog lights and rear parking sensors. 'Speciale'-spec adds aluminium kick plates and pedals, Alcantara-trimmed sports seats with red stitching and red stitching on the flat bottomed steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake. Alfa hasn't skimped on safety features and the Giulietta gets a complement of six airbags plus an array of electronic devices designed to let drivers extract the maximum from their car while staying safe at all times. There's ABS anti-lock braking with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD); Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) - Alfa Romeo's interpretation of Electronic Stability Programme; Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Steering Torque (DST), Hydraulic Brake Assistance (HBA) and a Pre-Fill function for the brakes. This helped the Giulietta achieve a record 87 out of 100 score on the revised EuroNCAP ratings.

Cost of Ownership

Under the bonnet, Alfa has worked hard to keep running cost figures competitive with his car's premium segment rivals. As a result, both manual and automatic versions of the volume 1.6-litre JTDM-2 120bhp diesel model manage 74.3mpg on the combined cycle and 99g/km of CO2. This means a BIK rating of 17%. Every powerplant in the line-up is now compliant with Euro 6D regulations. As for a few specifics, well the entry-level 120bhp 1.4 petrol turbo manages 45.6mpg and 144g/km of CO2. If you're interested in the 2.0-litre JTDM-2 1250bhp diesel, you're talking 65.7mpg and 113g/km. All models in the Giulietta range come with five years warranty, three years scheduled servicing and five years roadside assistance as standard as part of the brand's '5-3-5' campaign. In other words, the days of Alfas being money pits for hopeless romantics are long past.

Summary

As an object lesson in how to make an unpromising car come good, you can't really do a great deal better than the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. You could cite a few other vehicles that developed into something rather good after a slow start. The Jaguar S-TYPE, the BMW X3 and the Mazda3 spring to mind and the common theme running through all these models is that they became better cars than the British public gave them credit for. The same may well be true of the Giulietta. It's a far more focused sales proposition now than in 2010, but the old perception tends to be the one people carry with them. Communicating that the car has moved on ought to be Alfa's priority. The latest Euro 6D-compliant package puts this car right into contention with the class best. It's never going to be quite as cheap to run as a Golf, but it's about on a par with a Focus and Ford's family favourite has never exactly been perceived as a crazy indulgence. Perhaps it's time you gave the Alfa a second chance.

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Entertainment
6 speakers
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Exterior Features
Metallic paint
Automatic front windscreen wipers
Automatic headlights
Body coloured front splitter
Chrome effect window sills
Electric folding door mirrors
Electric front windows
Electric rear windows
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Electrochrome rear view mirror
Fog lights
Heated rear window
Privacy glass
Rear spoiler
Rear wiper
Satin chrome exterior door handles
Satin effect door mirrors
Side skirts
Interior Features
Competizione cloth upholstery
Height adjustable front seats
12V socket
12V socket in luggage compartment
2 outer rear head restraints
60/40 split folding rear seat
Cooled glovebox
Cupholder
Driver + passenger electric lumbar support
Dual zone climate control
Front centre armrest with storage compartment
Front head restraints
Front seat back storage pockets
Isofix child seat preparation
Leather steering wheel
velvet floor mats
Trim
Sports dials with white illumination
Wheels
16" 7 hole alloys wheels
Steel space saver spare wheel
Driver Convenience
Bluetooth Handsfree Phone Connection
Condensation sensor
Cruise control
Drive mode selector
Front parking sensor
Multifunction digital display
PAS
Rear parking sensor
Remote boot release
Service interval indicator
Smartphone connectivity
Trip computer
Uconnect 6.5" colour touchscreen radio/nav, 3D maps with TMC, SD Card, DAB, USB and aux input + voice control
Wireless internet connection
Safety
3x3 point rear seatbelts
Curtain airbags
Driver/front passenger airbag
Passenger airbag deactivate switch
Side airbags
Tyre pressure monitoring system
VDC with hill holder (ABS + ASR + EBD + Brake assist)
Security
Alfa code immobiliser and alarm
Remote central locking
Technical
Diesel particulate filter
Q2 electronic differential
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 99
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1598
Compression Ratio 16.5:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 79.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 80.5
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 74.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 88.3
EC Urban (mpg) 60.1
General
Badge Engine CC 1.6
Badge Power 120
Coin Description JTDM-2 120
Coin Series Tecnica
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 17E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 8
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 72
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 56
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 3
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 59
NCAP Safety Assist % 25
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 10.2
Engine Power - BHP 120
Engine Power - KW 88
Engine Power - RPM 3750
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 236
Engine Torque - MKG 32.6
Engine Torque - NM 320
Engine Torque - RPM 1750
Top Speed 121
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Front 205/55 R16
Tyre Size Rear 205/55 R16
Tyre Size Spare SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style 7 HOLE
Wheel Type 16" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1465
Length 4351
Wheelbase 2634
Width 1798
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 60
Gross Vehicle Weight 1825
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 350
Max. Loading Weight 505
Max. Roof Load 50
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1300
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 500
Minimum Kerbweight 1320
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.9

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £248.99 p/m £82.99 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £288.99 p/m £19.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £329.99 p/m £38.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £363.99 p/m £63.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £270.99 p/m £27.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £305.99 p/m £52.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £333.99 p/m £82.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £252.99 p/m £31.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £280.99 p/m £66.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £297.99 p/m £98.99 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Entertainment
Hi-fi BOSE sound system with 8 speakers, digital amp + subwoofer £820.00
Exterior Features
Bi-xenon headlights with headlight washers £930.00
Double electric sunroof £1,200.00
Headlight washers £210.00
Solid paint FOC
Special solid paint FOC
Interior Features
Aluminium kick plate £100.00
Aluminium sports pedals £160.00
Electrically adjustable heated front seats and driver seat memory £1,250.00
Heated front seats £260.00
Rear armrest with storage + third rear headrest + through-load system £320.00
Sports leather upholstery £1,550.00
Steering wheel gearshift paddles £275.00
Packs
Smoker's kit £80.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Cobalto blue FOC
Metallic - Etna black FOC
Metallic - Lipari grey FOC
Metallic - Luna pearl FOC
Metallic - Silverstone Grey FOC
Metallic - Stromboli Grey FOC
Solid - Alfa red FOC
Special solid - Alfa Black FOC
Special solid - Alfa White FOC
Safety
Red brembo brake calipers £500.00
Trim
Competizione cloth - Black FOC
Sports dials with red illumination FOC
Sports leather - Black £1,550.00
Sports leather - Red £1,550.00
Sports leather - Tan £1,550.00
Wheels
16" Turbine design alloy wheels £250.00
17" 5 hole alloy wheels in dark finish £450.00
17" 5 hole alloy wheels in light finish £450.00
17" Burnished double spoke alloy wheels £450.00
17" Multi-spoke alloy wheels £450.00
17" Turbine design alloy wheels £200.00
* option prices shown are estimated